Letters

I just returned from watching The Diviners this evening. I was really impressed with the set as well as the commitment (and talent) of the students involved in the project. I am new to the University, having just been hired at the end of August. I simply wanted to let you know how much I enjoyed my first Southern Theatre performance and that I will definitely be attending more throughout the year.

Regen Lee

Forensic Serologist/ Crime lab DNA Analysts

Again, I’m going to call for a fight against the very human nature that drives people. This, however, is much more important to me than any of the previous human tendencies I railed against.

I am going to call for us to care equally for all deaths that can be prevented now or in the future. I watched a police officer make the statement in my class, “we care about the thousands of drunk driving deaths every year.”

The felt it was because the drunk driving deaths happened over the period of a year.

I wish that those who feel so bad for those who were caught in New Orleans that the whole school drove for donations would, during times when major natural disasters don’t occur, fight just as urgently against other preventable deaths.

We may do an occasional marathon or pay some other form of lip service to diseases such as cancer, however we simply do not go as far.

During the time of the New Orleans tragedy, more people died of diseases such as cancer and AIDS than died in that tragedy. I am by no means calling for people not to fight urgently to help in New Orleans and I hope that fight continues long after the tragedy.

We do not, however, fight with that same life or death urgency to stop something that kills hundreds of thousands of Americans every year.

During times between natural disasters E. don’t think about those deaths who are not publicized. Whether because they slowly die of a disease or because they died in the Sudan instead of America, let us value those lives as highly as those who died in New Orleans because no human life is worth more than another.

Whether that be the men, women and children who were and are today being slaughtered in the Sudan, the millions with AIDS in Africa or the millions who have died slow, painful deaths from cancer in our own country, let us have the same urgent drives all over campus to help those who die quietly in the night just as for those who die spectacularly on our televisions during the day.

Evan Coblitz

Sophomore Sociology Major